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Climbing with Jamari Wheeler

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Penn State's newest freshmen are on campus and on the climb ahead of the 2017-18 season. In a three-part series, get to know all three newcomers in a closer look at why they chose Penn State and what to expect this year.

Jamari Wheeler

Vitals - Once committed to Duquesne, a coaching change meant that Wheeler would reopen his recruiting. From the family environment to the style of play, Wheeler was drawn to Penn State, later committing.

Now in Happy Valley, the point guard out of Gainesville, Florida is ready to get to work. Tabbed a three-star recruit and the No. 22 player in Florida, Wheeler has speed, quickness, energy and a competitive edge, which presents him as another complementing option alongside Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection Tony Carr. Wheeler is already taking advantage of the opportunity to get in the gym with Carr.

"I'm very competitive, me and Tone (Tony Carr) go at it every day," Wheeler said. "That's one person who is pushing me every day in practice, we're always going at it back and forth in workouts, drills, things like that."

In His Own Words -  When coach Chambers first came to visit Wheeler, he said there would be no guarantees when it comes to playing time, but rather Wheeler would have to earn it and work for it daily in practice. While we've heard Chambers on this before, it's something that stuck with Wheeler on more than one level.

"That was something different," Wheeler said. "Most coaches say that you could come in and play right away, we don't have a point guard. Coach Chamber told me I'm going to make you better on and off the court, I'm going to make you a better man."

Alumni Relations - In an early May media availability, Chambers likened Wheeler's skill set to that of Nittany Lion alum and current Washington Wizard Tim Frazier, keying in on speed, athleticism and toughness, something he noted the Penn State coaching staff has already mentioned.

On Penn State Basketball - When Wheeler thinks about Penn State basketball is all about toughness, discipline and hard work - even some swag too. For Wheeler, putting in the work is where he thrives, noting that one of his goals this summer includes significant time in the weight room as he looks to put on additional weight.

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